Rocks Thrown at Border Patrol Chopper

Illegal immigrants threw rocks at a Border Patrol helicopter, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing when one of the rocks damaged the rotor, the agency said.

Neither the pilot nor the Border Patrol observer was injured.

The A-Star helicopter was two miles west of the U.S. Port of Entry in Andrade, Calif., on Tuesday when a group of immigrants began throwing rocks at the aircraft.

One baseball-sized rock gashed the rotor, forcing the pilot to land nearby, said Michael Gramley, spokesman for the Border Patrol sector based in Yuma, Ariz.

Gramley said he did not know how high the helicopter was hovering when it was struck, but he said it was being repaired and is expected back in service soon.

After the incident, 17 people were apprehended for illegally crossing the border, and two of them were being investigated for smuggling. Ten immigrants evaded capture.

The investigation into the rock-throwing was continuing.
Now they're trying to damage our helicopters and possibly injure or kill our citizens! Not to mention the alleged smuggling. I say it's time we return the favor and start using rubber bullets or very large water hoses on them. I wonder when Dubya and his administration will take this problem seriously. Probably about the time illegals start demanding higher wages or protesting his war. I have an idea. Let them come across the border, put them in a uniform and ship them to Iraq. It gives them a job "that Americans won't do" and solves the low recruitment problem.

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